HM Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP) has released ratings tables from their recent inspections of probation and youth offending services.
HMIP introduced new evidence-based standards in spring 2018, by which all probation providers and youth offending services teams are assessed. The probation services are assessed on various measures, including their operational delivery and case supervision. Youth offending services are measured on their operational delivery, court disposals and out of court disposals. HMIP's expectation is that if these standards are understood and adhered to, then this will drive improvement where improvement is needed. Not only do the new standards aim to increase rehabilitation and protect the public, they also aim to ensure a sufficiently high level of confidence in the outcomes of inspections, and supply those providers with a 'requires improvement' rating with information on where and how they can improve their services. The recent ratings tables show that the youth offending services inspected had a high proportion of 'outstanding' and 'good' ratings, whereas all but one of the probation services inspected had at least one rating of 'inadequate', and far fewer 'good' and 'outstanding' ratings.
The full tables can be found here.